About the Maker
Adrian Mitchell trained as a furniture maker and designer in his early career and didn’t focus on turning until more recently. Finding the process liberating after the disciplines of making furniture and joinery, Adrian now works intuitively without too many rules, using wood from the local landscape.
Adrian works from his workshop in Falmouth, in green, or wet, wood and allows it to dry in controlled conditions so natural distortions take place, sometimes over several months. He often chooses material that will give interesting and unpredictable results, for instance wood from the fork of a tree, or a junction between trunk and branch. "I endeavour to create satisfying forms that establish a point from which the material can express itself through the drying process. When it is dry the finished work holds a story - revealing characteristics of the species, the age of the tree, which part it came from, and where and how it grew. Stresses in the wood determine how it shifts, folds or splits as the moisture content drops. This is what fascinates me."